A: Making the decision to place a family member in to a Florida nursing home can be a very difficult decision. You may have guilt or worry about whether your loved one will receive adequate care while in an assisted living facility.
In order to ease your mind about whether you are making the right nursing home facility choice, please read our article entitled For Your Loved One’s Sake: Florida Nursing Home Patient Rights. This article contains a wealth of informative tips about what to look for when choosing a facility.
If your loved one has suffered from Florida nursing home abuse or neglect, you need to contact an attorney. Contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer at Fetterman & Associates for a free, confidential consultation.
A: Nursing home and assisted care facility residents in Florida are guaranteed rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. The staff and administration of such facilities have a responsibility to provide adequate staffing and supervision to prevent resident on resident assault.
If you suspect that your loved one has endured resident on resident assault or abuse due to lack of staffing or proper procedures in a nursing home, that facility may be liable.
Recent studies have shown evidence that resident on resident assault is an extremely widespread issue, and may be an even greater concern than direct abuse from staff members.
If you feel your loved one has been a victim of resident to resident assault, contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer at Fetterman & Associates.
Their dedicated and experienced professionals will help you to assess the situation and determine the best course of action to ensure that your loved one is safe from resident on resident assault.
A: If you believe your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, you must act swiftly. You should speak to the nurses and aides about your concerns. Contact the Florida Ombudsman to report Florida nursing home abuse and to receive help for your loved one. You may also wish to file a complaint with the state board of Licensing and Certification.
If your loved one has suffered at the hands of an abuser, contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney at Fetterman & Associates. We will guide you through the process of taking legal action against the abusers on behalf of your loved one.
A: When we place our loved ones into an assisted care facility, we expect them to receive exceptional care. Unfortunately, nursing home injuries-most of which are preventable-are quite common. Some common West Palm Beach nursing home injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Bed Sores/Pressure Sores
- Decubitus Ulcers
- Head Injuries
- Medication Errors
- Restraint Injuries
If your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys at Fetterman & Associates today. Our West Palm Beach nursing home neglect attorneys will defend the rights of your loved one and fight to ensure that they receive compensation for the injuries they have sustained.
A: If the nursing home facility has insurance, the insurer would be the one to pay the claim. Whenever a Florida nursing home abuse or neglect claim is made, the insurance company is notified immediately.
Believe it or not, not all facilities carry liability insurance, which is a tremendous risk for them. Just one nursing home abuse claim could substantially impact the home. When a claim is made against on uninsured nursing home, the facility would have to pay damages itself or the claim may end up being uncollectible.
An experienced West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you determine the value of your claim. To find out how we can help you with your case, contact us at 561-845-2510.
A: When you have an elderly family member living in a Florida nursing home, you want to feel comfortable knowing that they are receiving the best care possible. You also want to be reassured that the facility is being regulated and that your loved one is protected from Florida nursing home abuse. Nursing homes are regulated by state and federal laws.
The Nursing Home Reform Act is a federal law that offers protection for nursing home residents. This law was enacted in 1987 and governs facilities that receive funds under Medicaid and Medicare programs. The Nursing Home Reform Act regulates the care, staffing, privacy, recordkeeping and quality of treatment in U.S. nursing homes.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s Bureau of Long Term Care Services oversees the state licensure and Medicare and Medicaid certification of nursing homes throughout the state. The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program also advocates for the rights of nursing home residents.
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer at Fetterman & Associates.
A: Every nursing home has an Ombudsman and your family member, or their health surrogate should have been given information on who the Ombudsman for the facility is and how they can be contacted. The Ombudsman is a representative of the state of Florida whose job it is to try to resolve problems between the facility and its patients. If the issue cannot be resolved, you should file a complaint with the Ombudsman who can order an investigation. It is also your right to call an attorney.
A: There are many different types of sensory loss Social Security disabilities. While blindness and hearing loss are the most common, the Social Security Administration recognizes that a loss or impairment of any sense can affect a person’s ability to work.
For example, the administration provides disability benefits for people suffering labyrinthine-vestibular function, an inner-ear disorder. This condition can have a number of inhibiting side-effects, including:
- Balance problems
- Loss of position sense
- Loss of motion
- Strong or sudden dizziness
- Paroxysms or seizures
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chronic vertigo
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Intermittent hearing loss
For more information on how Social Security can provide benefits to your family, call the experienced West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Attorney at Fetterman & Associates today or Call us at 561-845-2510 for FREE consultation.
A: Planning ahead for your family’s needs is extremely wise. If your family is dependent on your income, you will want to make sure that your Social Security survivor benefits are enough to provide for your loved ones after you are no longer around.
The Social Security Administration can estimate the amount of monthly payments made to your survivors. For example, if you are a 61-year-old retiree who last worked in 1990, your family’s monthly income would be:
- $1,067 for your children
- $1,067 for your spouse, if they are caring for any minor children
- $1,423 for your spouse when he or she retires
- $2,647 in maximum monthly payments for your dependents
These amounts are not only based on age, but the amount that you have paid into Social Security during your lifetime. If you were to pass away while you are still working, your family will be covered by your Social Security survivor insurance, and may be entitled to an even larger monthly payment.
For more information on how Social Security can provide benefits to your family, call the experienced West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer at Fetterman & Associates today or Call us at 561-845-2510 for FREE consultation.
A: Social Security disability benefits are meant to help those who are most in need of aid. This is why the Social Security Administration only provides payments for people whose disability is unlikely to improve, or will last a considerable length of time.
If your injury improves while you are collecting disability benefits, you may see a decrease in payments. Since the decision is based upon financial need, your monthly payment can be affected if you:
- Are able to return to work
- If your injury no longer meets the SSA’s definition of disabled
- If you are able to earn a substantial income despite your injury
There are some work incentives provided by the Social Security Administration to ease injured workers back into employment. In these cases, payments will continue while the disabled person works, just in case the injury worsens or reoccurs.
The important thing to remember is that as long as you are disabled, you are entitled to receive benefits. If your benefits were unjustly suspended, call Fetterman & Associates today to get help from an experienced West Palm Beach Social Security disability lawyer.